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Essex Valley Sports Council Athletics Meet on today

Thursday, April 19, 2018

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JISCO Alpart Jamaica and the Alpart Essex Valley Sports Council recently launched the 45th staging of the Essex Valley Sports Council Athletics Meet scheduled to be held today at the Alpart Sports Club.

Over 1,300 athletes from 24 primary schools and five high schools are expected to participate in the planned activities with JISCO Alpart Jamaica providing full sponsorship to the tune of $350,000.

This included procurement of medical staff to address minor injuries, security, nutrition, and entertainment. This event, over the years has unearth sprinting talents that have gone on to represent teams at the high schools, national and international levels, and have helped to produce world champions such as Brigitte Foster-Hylton.

This year will see the introduction of three specially invited high school track teams, Winston Jones High School and Cross Keys High School from the Alpart Mining Area, as well as B B Coke High School from Alpart's Refinery Area. The addition of the high schools is expected to generate more competitive races in the Under-17 and Under-15 race categories as well as to assist with the growth and development of the schools' track programmes.

The day's activities will also see lunches and other items being sold as part of a fund-raising drive to assist with the medical recovery of Dwight Royal, teacher and past president of the Alpart Essex Valley Sports Council.

Speaking at the launch of the athletics meet, Jermaine Saunders, public relations officer of JISCO Alpart Jamaica, implored those in attendance to support the event, expenses for medical treatment for Royal are highand they wish him to make a full recovery.

JISCO Alpart Jamaica also made significant monetary contributions of over $200,000 towards the sports programmes of three high schools. Two of which includes St Elizabeth Technical High School ($75,000) and Holmwood Technical High School ($50,000) who will be sending athletes to participate in the 2018 staging of the Penn Relays in Philadelphia later this month.

Winston Jones High School received $40,000 to assist them in offsetting costs to their participation at the recently held Boys' & Girls' Championships. In addition, B B Coke High received $35,000 towards their track team's nutrition programme.

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